Cost Of War: DOD Spends $250 Million Per Day For 16 Years

According to the Federation of American Scientist (FAS), the ‘War on Terror’ has cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1.46 trillion since September 11, 2001 through June 30, 2017, explained in the latest Department of Defense’s (D0D) report. To be specific, that equates to a staggering $250 million per day. 

The 74-page report mostly filled with accounting tables and charts, outlines where money was spent for 16-years, as the American empire ran rampant across the Middle East. Before we dive into the numbers, the report makes it clear what exactly the appropriations were:

  • War-related operational costs, such as operational tempo, training, overseas facilities and base support, equipment maintenance, and communications, and replacement of combat losses and enhancements
  • Support for deployed troops, which includes food, clothing, and health/medical services, special pay and benefits for troops in the field
  • Transportation of personnel and equipment, including airlift and sealift into and out of the theater of operations, and support payments for the ANDSF and coalition partners.

What the report does not cover are the indirect costs such as veterans’ benefits, long-term health care for injured personnel, reconstruction or post-conflict stabilization programs. And of course, Intelligence agencies’ operations to combat terrorism will never be known to the public. 

Diving balls deep into the numbers, the prior contingencies of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom account for the bulk of expenses: + $1.315 trillion. Current contingencies cost $147.6 billion. This includes $102.9 billion for Operation Freedom’s Sentential, Operation Inherent Resolve $17.1 billion, and Operation Noble Eagle $27.6 billion post 2014, which has basically kept the military industrial complex satisfied.

Visualizing the funding appropriated through war-related requests for FY’01 through FY’17. The chart below demonstrates how the “War on Terror” is big business. The flare up in funding started a few years after 2001, as the propaganda filled airways conditioned the American people for war. Most importantly, the mainstream media in conjunction with intelligence agencies tricked the American people into believing Saddam had ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’. Funding peaked in 2008 and has since declined, as the military industrial complex through mainstream media entities are currently manufacturing fearing across the United States to generate the next ‘boogyman’. Today’s tick-up in funding indicates a new enemy of the state will emerge. Will it be Iran, North Korea, Russia, and or a curve ball?


More colorful charts in the report include where funds were appropriated. The largest cost: ‘war funds’…  w/e that means…

Department of Defense cost of war between Afghanistan and Iraq. Notice by 2010, the DOD’s tactics changed from Iraq to Afghanistan through current year with an overall draw down.

As noted three charts above, funding for the ‘War on Terror’ is now increasing and as we explained in mid-October, the U.S. Army is preparing for decades of hybrid wars in 2025-2040 timeframe. According to the the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, drafted a new strategy for how US ground forces will operate, fight, and campaign successfully across multiple domains—space, cyberspace, air, land, maritime—against all enemies.

Glancing at the American empire, there are nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad.  To maintain this global force,  the US Senate approved a $700 billion military bill this year. The amount eclipses $549 billion military spending cap established by 2011 Budget Control Act. More evidence fund flows are increasing, as the narrative is being set with America’s next enemy in the crosshairs.

In early October, we summed up President Trump’s Afghanistan war policy in one simple chart. As of September 2017, Trump’s airpower in Afghanistan dropped 751 bombs hitting levels not seen since November 2010 when the Middle Eastern wars were more severe. Again more evidence, fund flows are ticking up for the ‘War on Terror’….

Bottomline: the business of America is war. The Trump administration has already confirmed that, as military spending surges. To us, this indicates,  a new enemy of the state is on the horizon, and decades of conflict are just ahead. If you thought the utopian dream for society was real—-think again.


Earlier this year, Jack Ma said it best, US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure over the last few decades. For that very reason, China will dethrone the American empire through the One Belt One Road Initiative, as the consequences for decades of war will turn our country into a second class hell hole.